There is sometimes a perception that ethical or socially responsible products are boring, overly bohemian, or just lacking in style. I know, I know, it’s nonsense, right? Well, today’s cushion of the week – the OTO cushion by ANIZA – totally puts that silliness to bed. This cushion is all of the above good things, and none of the above bad things. It’s all style, baby, and you’re going to love it.
ANIZA is a recent discovery for me, but what a great company with some beautiful products on offer. Working with local artisans to support their craftsmanship and help to preserve the rich cultural textile heritage of Mexico, ANIZA also partners with family owned companies in Belgium and France for a perfect fusion of style and quality.
“Our collections unite continents by respectfully interweaving Mexican and European textiles, showcasing their beauty through sophisticated simplicity.”
I love all of ANIZA’s cushion collections, but the OTO cushion is a particular favourite due to my longstanding obsession with traditional Otomi embroidery. ANIZA has brought Otomi designs bang up to date with a more monochrome palette and contemporary styling and I think it’s great.
ANIZA works with SEMILLAS, a Mexican non-profit organisation at the forefront of social change. Founded in 1990 by Mexican women to advocate for women’s rights and equality in Mexican society, SEMILLAS looks to make a difference in a number of areas. It has a particular focus on gender violence, labour rights for women workers, sexual and reproductive rights, economic autonomy for women’s cooperatives and land rights for indigenous women.
Oh yeah, and if that wasn’t enough, ANIZA also has a strong focus on the environment. The cushions are made from natural fibres, and most of the packaging comes from certified or recycled materials. And in a wonderful feat of ingenuity, waste fabrics are used to make an annual, limited edition collection of small accessories. Can’t wait to see when those come out!
As with most of the cushions I feature here, when you buy one, you directly make a difference to the lives of others elsewhere in the world. So go and take a look at the rest of ANIZA’s collection and think about making a purchase that has an impact. Your soul and your sofa will thank you…
Happy travels, and shopping